Alison Hammond shares Eamonn Holmes’ ‘touching’ gesture after heartbreaking loss

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Alison Hammond revealed that GB News star Eamonn Holmes shared a “lovely” monologue at the funeral of her mum Maria, when she tragically died from lung and liver cancer three and a half years ago.

The 48-year-old presenter was overwhelmed with emotion when it came to saying goodbye to her beloved mum – and she says she knew that she’d have wanted Eamonn to be present.

Talking on Gyles Brandreth’s new Rosebud podcast, out this Friday, she reminisced: “We gave her the most beautiful funeral.

“Even Eamonn Holmes came to that, actually. He did a speech, because my mum was obsessed with Eamonn Holmes and I asked him if he’d come. [It] was lovely.”

Alison, who is all set to co-host the new series of Great British Bake Off as Matt Lucas’ replacement, had previously spoken of how she enjoys Eamonn’s company.

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When Alison and co-host Dermot O’Leary took over from Eamonn and his wife Ruth Langsford on This Morning in 2021, after the couple had hosted each Friday for 15 years, she admitted it was “difficult in the beginning”.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie on their shared podcast, What If?, Alison vented that it was “a tough time to negotiate”.

“I got a lot of flack doing that job because obviously my friends were doing it beforehand, Eamonn and Ruth,” she continued.

However, Alison clarified that the couple had ultimately told her to “go for it”.

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Meanwhile, the star welled up with emotion earlier this year, remembering the exact date that she’d lost her mother.

She and Dermot had been hosting a segment about superstitions, with the help of special guest therapists Nik and Eva Speakman.

One caller admitted she was stressed about the date of the 13th, as she associated it with trauma.

Alison then chimed in: “I’ve just realised it’s the 13th of January, today isn’t it?

“This is the date my mum passed away in bed, and we buried her on February 13th. It’s just literally come to me.”

However, she rationalised: “I don’t associate [the 13th] with anything bad, and it was a lovely funeral.”

On a previous Instagram caption marking the second anniversary of her mum’s death, she admitted that “the pain has never left my heart”.

Sharing a photo of her during her younger years, she exclaimed: “I love and miss you sooo much. I hear and feel you all the time. My Angel Maria.”

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